From David Beckham’s new skincare range to Ciara’s new modelling contract, these are the very best international fashion news stories of the week.
Gucci Leaves Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition later Alibaba Joins
Gucci has left the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) following the announcement that Alibaba has joined the group. The Chinese e-commerce giant was granted admittance into the group under the IACC’s new membership coverage for General Members.
Gucci joins fellow luxury brand, Michael Kors, which left the U.S.-based coalition last month later branding Alibaba its “most harmful and dangerous adversary.” Accused of selling Gucci knock-offs, Alibaba has also been entangled in a legal battle with Kering, which owns numerous luxury labels including Gucci.
Bags in the #GucciPreFall16 collection by #AlessandroMichele. The miniature #GGMarmont with a sliding golden chain shoulder strap.
Julia Roberts Breaks Rules by Moving Barefoot on the Cannes Red Carpet
Julia Roberts has revealed her rebellious side by breaking strict dress codes and walking barefoot on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The celebrity was attending the premiere of her new movie, Money Monster, which also stars George Clooney when she disclosed the lack of footwear under her Armani Privé gown. The action has been considered a stand against sexist rules that allegedly mandate girls should wear high heels to red-carpet screening at the festival.
The dress code originally came under fire after a bunch of women in their 50s were turned off from a movie screening for sporting flats. Roberts was successfully able to evade any dress code enforcers this season by originally wearing black heels at the onset of the red carpet before sneakily dumping them to ascend the staircase.
Barefoot Julia: Cast member Julia Roberts goes shoeless alongside director Jodie Foster as they are welcomed by Cannes Film festival president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Fremaux while coming on the red carpet for the screening of this film “Money Monster” from competition throughout the 69th Cannes Film Festival at Cannes, France, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman @hermanyves #Cannes #JuliaRoberts #heels #barefeet #redcarpet #ReutersPhotos #fashion
Calvin Klein Debuts Provocative New Campaign Images
Calvin Klein has launched a string of provocative new graphics for its brand’s spring 2016 marketing effort entitled Erotica. Although well known for its risqué ads, the new images shot by female photographer Harley Weir may be the tag’s most daring nonetheless.
Featuring overtly sexual images, such as Abbey Lee Kershaw together with her hands in her underwear and Kendall Jenner squeezing a suggestive grapefruit, the graphics are garnering huge attention. One picture, in particular, is seeing a lot of negative feedback and has even obtained a removal petition from the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)
The image in question is an up-skirt shot of actor Klara Kristin that includes the text “I flash in #mycalvins”. Though some viewers have no issue with the advertisement, the NCOSE thinks that the photo normalises and glamorises sexual harassment.
Take a peek: @karate_katia, photographed by @harleyweir for the Spring 2016 advertising effort. #mycalvins